The Monday Milers is a companion hiking group but slightly more challenging than the “Monday Rollers”. The average moving pace is two (2) to two and a half (2.5) mph. Our distances will be 4 – 8 miles and usually moderate elevation changes. We stop for interesting events (animals, plants, and scenery).
Regular departure time and place: The Lowe’s Home Center at the curb closest to and parallel with US 64. Start time is 9:00 AM. Please try to be there by 8:45 AM to allow time for sign-up, car arrangements (we usually carpool with a fee for the driver’s car), and visiting.
Hike leader: Richard Mayberry 828 884-4398 (h), 704 236-4398 (c), firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in trying these hikes but have questions please contact Richard Mayberry.
MONDAY MILERS SUMMER HIKING SCHEDULE
Adventures with Richard. All who wander are not lost.” JRR Tolkein
July 9th MOUNT PISGAH HIKE (8:30 AM start)
6 miles, 1,000’ ascent, R7, car fee: $3.00
From the Pisgah Inn we hike the Mountains to Sea Trail, to Mt. Pisgah trail, returning to the Pisgah Inn for lunch with the Rollers.
July 16th DANIEL RIDGE WITH BENEFITS
8 miles, 800’ ascent, R7, car fee: $2.00
From Cove Creek trail head we hike on a “user trail” over to Daniel Ridge, do the loop turning left on a logging trail to the apex of the Caney Bottom/Cove Creek trails, then back to our cars.
July 23rd IVESTOR GAP TO ART LOEB TO SHINING ROCK TO 276
10 miles, plus or minus, 1,000’ ascent, R9, car fee: $5.00
A shuttle hike, start at Big Sam parking, hike Ivestor Gap to the Art Loeb Trail, to shining Rock, then down to East Fork of the Pigeon River to highway 276.
July 30th BLUEBERRIES?
3-5 miles, 300’ ascent, R2, car fee: $5.00
From Big Sam parking, hike Ivestor Gap to blueberries.
August 6th BLUEBERRIES?
ditto above depending upon ripeness of blueberries. Whichever Monday we go I will plan another hike for the other Monday….
August 13th EXPLORING EAST PANTHERTOWN
5-6 miles, 800’ ascent, R7, car fee: $5.00
Mac’s Gap trail, right at Little Green trail, diversion to Tranquility Point, back, diversion to Schoolhouse Falls, back to Panthertown Valley Trail, right, back to cars.
August 20th MOUNTAINS TO SEA TRAIL
5 miles, 600’ climb, R6, car fee: $5.00
Park at 215 and the BRP, hike to Devil’s Courthouse, then return via the Mountains to Sea trail.
August 27th GREEN MOUNTAIN TRAIL
9 miles, 500’ ascent, R8, car fee: $5.00
A shuttle, from the Mountains to Sea trail at Hwy 215 we hike over to the Green Knob trail, lunch at Green Knob, then on to our cars down Hwy 215.
September 3rd (Labor Day) CEDAR ROCK/BURNT MOUNTAIN
6.3 miles, 700’ ascent, R6, car fee: $3.00
From Corn Mills Shoals parking we hike up Cedar Rock, do the loop, hike Burnt Mountain loop, have lunch at the Little River, wade or soak feet, then return to cars on Corn Mills Shoals trail.
September 10th WADING AT TURKEY PEN
6 miles, 500’ ascent, R6, car fee: $2.00
From Turkey Pen parking we hike Vineyard Gap, left at Riverside trail and back via short up to cars.
September 17th APPALACHIAN TRAIL/ROAN MOUNTAIN
15 miles, a long shuttle hike, 1,800’ ascent, R10, car fee: $10.00
Starting at the top of Roan Mountain we go north on the Appalachian Trail over several bald mountain tops, descending to Highway 19E. I am working on the logistics and will be staying at the Weedon House in Blowing Rock. RSVP and a coordinated effort will be needed. This is a possible overnight stay at motel or B&B. Beer, wine, and cheese to follow at the Weedon House.
September 24th TABLE ROCK IN SC
7.5 miles, 2,000’ ascent, R9, $5.00
From the parking at Table Rock State Park, we hike to the top of Table Rock and return.